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Coast Guard closes all Pacific Northwest maritime entrances

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The Columbia River runs brown from silt and runoff after days of heavy rainfall in Astoria. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg. The Columbia River runs brown from silt and runoff after days of heavy rainfall in Astoria. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Coast Guard has closed all maritime entrances in the Pacific Northwest due to severe sea conditions and large amounts of debris in the water.

In Oregon, the closures announced Friday are: The Chetco River in Brookings, Umpqua River in Winchester Bay, Siuslaw River in Florence, Yaquina Bay in Newport, Tillamook Bay in Girabaldi, Coos Bay, Depoe Bay and the Columbia River.

In Washington, the port of Grays Harbor in Westport and Quillayute River in LaPush are closed to all traffic.

Several storms carrying strong winds and heavy rainfall crossed the Pacific Northwest over the last week and have caused flooding and landslides in parts of Oregon and Washington.

Flood waters and landslides have caused large amounts of debris to flow in the river systems causing potential problems with maritime traffic.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters and mariners operating in the inland rivers to be aware of potential floating debris and debris below the surface and report any major issues with navigational channels to the Coast Guard.

The closures were ordered by the Coast Guard's two Captains of the Port. A timeline to reopen the entrances is not known.

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